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Goals and Self-Assessment – Reflecting on My Learning as of October 3, 2013

I submitted a goal on April 8 which I updated on September 3, 2013. Another month has gone by. Have I made progress on my goal through the action steps?  If I take the time to check in and self-assess, will I be able to determine if I’m on a good path? Will I be able to make a small course correction if I’ve gotten distracted along the way because of the busyness of school? What if I review my intentions and collect evidence now that supports my goal? What if I hold myself accountable for making small progress in just one month?

My Goal:

To purposefully act to forward Trinity School’s mission, faculty-learners and student-learners will grow significantly in their use of reflection and the formative, diagnostic, and self-assessment knowledge that come from such an approach to learning.

Action Steps:

  • Intentionally reflect and question to grow and learn. Publicly publish my reflections at Experiments in Learning by Doing using the tag #MyLearningEdu. Connect with others by broadcasting each post via Twitter.
  • Reflect on learning by keeping a running record in an e-portfolio. Encourage and provide opportunities and support for others to develop professional portfolios that document learning, growth and reflections.
  • Support reflection, questioning, and growth of learners by designing and engaging in professional development opportunities for teacher-learners to learn by doing. Examples:
    • MyLearningEDU 1.5  for teacher-learners to model and experience My Learning from the student perspective.
    • Twitter for Learning  for teacher-learners to foster and develop connections with other educators and experts.
    • Leading Learners to Level Up  for teacher-learner teams to design and implement formative assessment that diagnoses and differentiates while leading learning.

Well, I have been blogging at least once a week, but I have not been using #MyLearningEdu as a category or tag.  I wonder if I want to go back and tag my blog posts or revise my action step.  It doesn’t seem to make sense to me right now to use this tag.  Hmm…

There are two teacher-learners working through the MyLearningEDU 1.5 course. I might need to step up my game on commenting on their posts.  I have commented on and tweeted out Kathy Bruyn’s posts, but I owe Maggie Berthiaume a couple of comments and tweets.  Their blogs are awesome if you have not looked at them. These blogs are very different, and I learn from both.

There are 20 teacher-learners officially participating in Twitter for Learning with many more participating unofficially.  Evidence of their reflection and learning can be found at #TrinityLearns, #WALearns, #WalkerLearns, and #CDSLearns.  Mark Silberberg (@SilberbergMark) and his team are also participating using #LREILearns.

Shelley Paul (@lottascales) and I have facilitated Leading Learners to Level Up (#LL2LU) for The English Connection at Woodward and for math teachers at Trinity and Mount Vernon.  Kate Burton and I have tinkered with #LL2LU for risk-taking and persistence and tenacity. I am using #LL2LU as a tag for these posts.

I like what I’ve done so far.  I wonder if I’ve done enough to encourage and motivate  others to develop professional portfolios that document learning, growth and reflections. I wish I could make this seem easier. What if I become more intentional about modeling the #LL2LU method of formative assessment by applying the leveled self-assessment rubric for Twitter for Learning?

I’d love your feedback on any part of this process. Your questions and comments will help me learn and grow.


To see the development of this goal, see iterations Goals and Self-Assessment – Updated September 2013Goals and Self-Assessment April, 2013 and Developing a goal, a SMART Goal – learner outcomes and action steps.

Personalized Learning commitment in action – #T3Learns #nspiredatT3

Imagine being part of a faculty of 3oo members from across the globe.  What would that faculty meeting look like?  Would there be any way to customize and personalize the learning for all of these adult-learners? Can you image the work it would take?  Wouldn’t it be easier to have a single agenda for the day?  Which is the better model for teachers – a one-size-fits-all approach to learning or a menu of choices where the learner can choose their learning experiences?

Kevin Spry, Instructor Relations and Development Manager for Texas Instruments – Educational Technology, and his team took on the task of offering learner-choice at this year’s faculty meeting.

We are pleased to create individual schedules for the almost 300 instructors in attendance at PD day on March 7, covering over 50 sessions.

Wow!  I received email confirmation of my personalized agenda prior to the conference.

From: Spry, Kevin
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013 7:44 AM
To: Jill Gough
Subject: PD Day Schedule for March 7, 2013

Dear Jill Gough,

We look forward to seeing you shortly for the upcoming International Conference and Instructor PD Day in Philadelphia!

As mentioned in earlier emails, registration for instructors is on Wednesday March 6, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The location is the 5th floor foyer, outside Salon I, J of the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia hotel.

There is a reception planned from 7:00-10:00 pm in Salon I, J.

If you miss this, registration will open up prior to breakfast, in the same location at 6:45 am Thursday morning.

Please ensure you register to receive your badge, conference bag, etc.

We are pleased to create individual schedules for the almost 300 instructors in attendance at PD day on March 7, covering over 50 sessions.

Below is your schedule.  We attempted to give people all their higher ranked choices but apologize in advance if that was not possible in your case.

We trust you will be excited about the sessions and look forward to a rewarding day!

PD Day – Philadelphia – March 7, 2013

7:00-7:45 am  Breakfast  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

7:45-8:15 am  Opening Session  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

PD Day sessions are all on the 4th floor of the Marriott
Please Note:  The two-hour sessions are simply listed back to back on the same room.

8:30-9:30 am  Art of Questioning  Franklin 12/13

9:45-10:45 am  Art of Questioning  Franklin 12/13

11:00-noon  CCSS Math Practices  Franklin 6

12:00-1:10 pm  Lunch and Leadership Awards  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

1:10-1:30 pm  Housekeeping Items for North American instructors  Salon G, H  5th floor Marriott

1:45-2:45 pm  Design for Learning  Franklin 12/13

3:00-4:00 pm  Design for Learning  Franklin 12/13

4:15-5:00 pm  North American instructors – Optional Q&A session following up from Housekeeping  Rm 407/408 4th floor Marriott
4:15-5:00 pm  European instructors – Meeting in Room 403 4th floor Marriott
4:15-5:00 pm  Australian instructors – Meeting in Room 404 4th floor Marriott

4:30-6:00 pm  All instructors are invited to drop in for meet and greet with special 25th anniversary guests, Room 410 4th floor Marriott

6:00-9:00 pm  Silent Auction, Dinner and 25th Anniversary Celebrations  Salon G, H 5th floor Marriott

See you in a few days,


As I learn more about designing, facilitating, and customizing learning for the 150 adult-learners in my school community, I am challenged and encouraged by Kevin’s excellent vision and leadership.  I am grateful that my schedule has been designed for me with my input. I aspire to serve my school community as Kevin serves our T³ community.